What is your passion? Is it running? Singing? Spending time with your loved ones? Whatever it is that gets you excited about pursuing a project or hobby, we want to encourage you to take it to the next level to advance food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives.
Creating a personal fundraising web page is a way to share your passion with others and make a difference by raising funds for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). These funds support our mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.
You can push your passion by joining Team FARE – our national network of volunteers who are raising critical funds and awareness – today! When you join Team FARE, you’ll be joining passionate individuals like you who are looking to make a difference.
Our first featured Team FARE volunteer is Whitney Rollo! Read more about this amazing mom who hosted a volleyball tournament in her hometown of Winnie, Texas to support FARE and honor her 5-year-old son.
Name: Whitney Rollo
City of residence: Winnie, TX
How Whitney Pushed her Passion: Whitney’s 5-year-old son Ty was diagnosed with allergies to milk and egg at 7 months old. Although she had been involved with other charities for years, she now decided to focus her efforts on helping to make a difference for all those with food allergies. Initially she thought she would volunteer to help put on the FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Houston, but a family event came up that thwarted that idea. So, she decided to hold her own event – something unique that would combine something she is passionate about with an activity that would get others involved in supporting the food allergy cause.
That’s when she came up with the idea to host a volleyball tournament in her small town. Her family and friends were immediately on board with helping her plan the event. “I was amazed at the willingness of people to help if you just ask. I have a great group of people in my life and I think if people know you honestly care about something and making a difference, they’ll stand behind you,” she said.
With help from local businesses, a school in her district, and volunteers, Whitney was able to raise more than $3,300 for FARE at the event. And, on top of that, she was able to make a lasting memory for her son. She expressed, “The fact that Ty could have a day where the stress of food allergies was the last thing on his mind and he knew that people were there to support him was just a blessing to me and something I’ll never forget.”
We will be profiling a number of amazing Team FARE volunteers in the coming weeks here on the FARE Blog, such as Charlotte, who organized an allergy-friendly bake sale as part of her bat mitzvah community service project, and Melissa, who held a dance party fundraiser. Stay tuned or subscribe to get email updates when we post a new blog entry.
Sign up for Team FARE by April 30 to be added to our honor roll of Team FARE VIPs that will be listed on this blog and shared with the community!
Fundraising tools, as well as a platform for you to create your own personal fundraising website, are available at TeamFARE.org. You can also contact your regional office for more information and help getting started.